Home Workouts to Avoid the Winter Bod'

It’s that time of year again, where the sun disappears and ice and cold come out to play. If you’re one to enjoy a run or cycle outside as your daily workout, don’t let the Winter months stop you! Here’s some at home workouts that you can do to avoid the Winter bod’!

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1. Yoga

Yoga is not only a great way to improve flexibility, strength, and posture, but daily yoga practice will help stretch and tone your body muscles. There’s lots of free apps and videos on the internet that can teach you step-by-step yoga poses, which is great to do indoors in the Winter months!

 
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2. Bodyweight Exercises

There’s plenty of exercises you can do at home using only your bodyweight to keep yourself toned throughout the Winter. Things like pushups and planks are great for toning your arms and abdomen area. Check out this list, and if you need to add a bit more weight, grab a large can or two of tomato soup to balance on yourself as you lift.

    1. Push-ups

    2. Crunches

    3. Leg lifts

    4. Planks

    5. Squats

    6. Lunges

    7. Chair dips

    8. Calf raises

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3. Running Alternatives

If you like to run as a part of your daily workout, you may find it hard to indoors without the space or a treadmill to go longer distances. Below are a great list of running alternatives that can still get your heart pumping.

    1. Climbing stairs

    2. Jumping jacks

    3. Mountain climbers

    4. Burpees

    5. Jump rope

    6. High knees

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4. Dancing DVDs

Another great way to get your body moving indoors is through, yep, dancing. If you don’t have Zumba or another video game installed at home, there’s great DVDs that can be purchased out there that can give you the perfect full body workout from the comfort of your own home. Take this one for example!

http://www.physique57.com/boutique/workout-dvds/Physique-57-Classic-57-Minute-Full-Body-Workout.htm

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5. Plyometrics

Plyometrics is training your muscles through jumping movements, similar to those you would do on the playground as a kid. The act of rapidly doing jumping actions, like squat-jumps onto a surface, or one-legged hops, gives your muscles a stretch each time you land, increasing strength over time. Don’t attempt this one if you’re just beginning to get in shape though, as some injury may occur.